About the Sandoval
County Sheriff’s Office
The Sandoval County Sheriff's
Office is located in the County Judicial Complex at Idalia and NM 528 and provides law enforcement, court security and animal
control services to residents of Sandoval County. The office serves legal documents issued by District and Magistrate Courts
and is responsible for transporting prisoners, both adult and juvenile, in and out of Sandoval County. The Sheriff’s
Office also is responsible for extradition of prisoners arrested in other states on warrants from Courts in Sandoval County.
Sheriff and deputies serve as the County's principal law enforcement officers with duties and responsibilities established
by State law. While the civil process is the exclusive responsibility of the County Sheriff, the Sheriff’s primary responsibility
is to provide law enforcement services to County residents. The Sheriff assigns deputies into seven districts within the County
to deter criminal activity, arrest criminal offenders, promote traffic safety and respond to emergency calls.
The Sheriff has concurrent jurisdiction
with local law enforcement officers in municipalities. While the Sheriff cooperates closely with community authorities, local
police agencies are responsible for providing law enforcement services within their communities. Among the County's smaller
and more rural communities, the Sheriff is the primary law enforcement agency. The Sheriff’s Office frequently provides
mutual aid for other agencies within the County and provides investigative services on major cases.
Tribal police departments, tribal
officials and the Bureau of Indian Affairs or the FBI provide law enforcement for sovereign Native American nations. In Sandoval
County, these include the pueblos of Jemez, Zia, Santa Ana, Sandia, Cochiti, Santo Domingo and San Felipe, portions of the
Navajo Nation and the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. The Sheriff works closely with each entity and has jurisdiction to charge
Native American offenders on tribal land into tribal courts. Non-Native Americans who are charged with a crime on tribal land
can be charged in State courts.